How To: Van Gogh on a Bottle.

by Chris Gardner

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Seeking to repurpose a used wine bottle and reapply the skills she learned in college, Monica Ewing sought to recreate a classic impressionist painting on her unlikely surface. "It was the perfect assignment for a novice painter such as me. On a wine bottle, you can’t see the entire painting at once, so mistakes in proportion, etc. are obscured. Here, I copied one of my favorite Vincent van Gogh works: Wheat Field with Cypresses." Use the...

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Nine Alternative Uses for Ketchup.

by Chris Gardner

Ketchup. Catsup. Catchup. Some folks in my family even choose to say 'tomato ketchup'...you know, to distinguish it from eggplant or fava bean ketchup. Or perhaps to convince themselves that it shouldn't rather be called "corn syrup ketchup."

Regardless, it's sticky sweet and acidic make-up provide from some interesting uses other than dressing your tater tots. Here's nine from the Daily Green.

Nine Alternative Uses for Ketchup.

1. Shine Your Copper

 

2. Get Those Auto Parts...

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How to: Repurpose a Ketchup Bottle for Perfect Pancakes

by Chris Gardner

Ketchup bottle as batter dispenser
You've seen the technique at your local diner: a handheld dispenser full of batter is floated over a nice cripsy griddle, creating perfectly round and drip-free flapjacks. And you can buy things for home use...

But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. "Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring...

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Rain Gutter Gardens.

by Chris Gardner

Below: Suzanne Forsling's windowbox garden after two months.
Suzanne Forsling, raised in Iowa but now living in Juneau, had a need to grow her own produce, has only a bit of sunny space in her yard, and it was tiny. Her solution? Don't grow the goodies next to the house...grow 'em ON the house.

"Why not put rain gutters in rows along the wood siding on the sunny side of the house[?] It might look weird, but that was where all the heat, sun and protection from damage is best.We went to Home Depot and...

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17 Cool Magnetic Tricks.

by Chris Gardner

Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys...there's nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!

Magnet tricks

Some highlights:

  • Extract batteries from stubborn holders
  • Find studs in your walls
  • Make a homopolar motor
  • Make LED Throwies
  • Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
  • Make a simple compass
  • Experiment with self assembly
  • ...

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15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

by DIY Maven

15 Alternative Uses for Credit Cards

Has the economy prompted you to cancel a credit card or two even though you’re still getting those fake ones in the mail? Here’s 15 ways to make use of all of them that won’t cost you a thing. Actually, in some instances, they’ll even save you money.

  1. Open a spring latch lock. (Doesn’t work on a deadbolt, thankfully.)
  2. Ice scraper.
  3. Paint scraper.
  4. Aquarium glass scraper.
  5. Caulk edger, like one of these things.
  6. Shims for tight spaces.
  7. ...

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At Least 30 More Ways to Reuse Gift Wrapping Paper.

by Chris Gardner

Wait, wait, wait! Don't take that garbage bag of wrapping paper to the recycling bin just yet. After you've created a paper fan and weaved yourself a handbag, unwrap these lists for a whole heap of new ways to recycle your used wrapping paper. It just keeps on giving.

At Least 30 More Ways to Reuse Gift Wrapping Paper.

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A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

by Chris Gardner

Over the past two years, Curbly has featured plenty of clever reuses for CD Jewel Cases: from a mini-greenhouse to a calendar or wall art (and 13 other ideas).

A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

And certainly, if you've been about the DIY blogosphere at all, you've run into a fair share of how-tos for creating lamps out of jewel cases, or even used CDs themselves. So, here's another simple and beautiful entry from Make Grow Gather.

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More Uses for Powdered Milk Than You Could Ever Imagine.

by Chris Gardner

Admit it: you're surprised there's at least ONE use for powdered milk. So you, like everyone else, can appreciate that there are, like, a whole heap of 'em. Here's a great list assembled by Wisebread. Now, all you have to do it figure out where they keep it in the supermarket... (baking aisle?)

Recipes

More Uses for Powdered Milk Than You Could Ever Imagine.

Cream (Or Something Like It)
Instant Hot Chocolate
Whipped Topping
Homemade Yoghurt
Curds, or Cottage Cheese, or Ricotta

In The Kitchen

Thawing Frozen...

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15 Alternative Uses for Lemons

by DIY Maven

15 Alternative Uses for Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make....acne remover????? Apparently so. But if acne isn't a problem for you, maybe one of the other 14 alternative uses for lemons might be useful.

1. Fingernail Cleaner

2. Acne Remover

3. Guitar Cleaner

4. Sore Throat Treatment

5. Food Preservative

6. Antibacterial Soap

7. Natural Insecticide

8. Stain Remover

9. Cheese Grater Cleaner

10. Metal Shining Solution

11. Aide for Metabolism

12. Short-term...

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7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers.

by Chris Gardner

Cheaper, less smelly, homemade, and WAY better for the environment and your own health, these seven techniques to rid your garden, walkways, and lifestyle of unwanted green growth provide a  great alternative to commercial chemicals.

7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers.

1. Boiling Water.

2. Bleach (okay, maybe not so great for the environment)

3. Vinegat

4. Salt

5. Rubbing alcohol

6. Corn meal

7. Newspaper

Link and photo via Lifehacker.

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